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All-NBA Position Quotas Cost Lillard First Team Honors

Damian Lillard scored the fifth-most All-NBA votes, but missed out on a First Team selection.

Portland Trail Blazers v LA Clippers Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard missed out on All-NBA First Team honors this year, based solely on position quotas. However, he has now passed Clyde Drexler for the most All-NBA selections by a Blazer.

Lillard snagged the fifth-highest number of points with 372. That tally was made up of 38 First Team, 60 Second Team and two Third Team votes.

Each All-NBA team requires two guards, two forwards and one center. Unfortunately, this cost Lillard a First Team spot with guards Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic registering 496 and 402 points respectively.

Milwaukee Bucks Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 500 points and Denver Nuggets Center Nikola Jokic earned 498 points.

In order to fill the second forward spot, Los Angeles Clippers Kawhi Leonard, who only scored 323 points, was thrust into the First Team.

Lillard earned his one and only First Team selection in 2018. He finished with Second Team selections in 2016, 2019 and 2020. He was a Third Team selection in 2014, his sophomore season.

His six All-NBA selections passed Clyde Drexler’s five for the most earned by a Blazer.